Brenda Schmalfeldt (1962-2007)

I didn’t know my cousin Brenda particularly well.  I knew her as a baby, and I had a few brief encounters with her as an adult when she lived in Clinton.  She moved to Las Vegas to live near her mother and brother.

On January 13, 2007, she was beaten to death by a transvestite acquaintance of hers who accused her of taking money from her purse.  The murderer drove around with Brenda’s body in the trunk of his car for a few days before dumping her into a dumpster.  Her body was deposited in a Las Vegas landfill, and she was never found.

Her killer was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 10 years to life in prison.

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